we operate with three goals in mind
Ensure opportunities for artists of color to have sustainable art careers with livable wages, fair work conditions, and equitable partnerships with institutions
Invest in the arts at the local-level to support artists, communities, and local economies against displacement and exploitation.3
Advocate for the presence, the needs, and the issues of local artists and communities to be reflected in the public programming and initiatives of large arts and cultural institutions4
We pursue these goals through two types of work
Create paid opportunities to show work in museums, art spaces, and public programs at fair rates
Provide services and resources for amplification, artist statements and resumes, project management, and in negotiating for contracted work -- let artists be artists
Put artists in direct relationship with their local communities as a way to build trust, accessibility, and mutual awareness, through intimate gatherings, community-centered programs, and art talks6
Deepen their ability to be in alignment with local community and artists needs, through public programming and ethical collaborations, toward the futures of artists and communities of color
Enhance their internal capacity for equitable exchanges with communities of color through professional training, curriculum building, and audience research
5. Levinas, Emmanuel, and Philippe Nemo. Ethics and Infinity: Conversations with Philippe Nemo. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2011.
6. González, Jennifer A. Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2011.
7. Bishop, Claire, and Dan Perjovschi. Radical Museology: Or, Whats Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? London: Koenig, 2014.